Navigating Nature Naturally with Brenda Peterson

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Brenda Peterson finds her spirituality in the soulfulness, humility, and forgiveness of the natural world. With a voice as gentle as her heart, she shares her first mystical encounter with the spirit of a river, and points the way to a sacredness grounded in the natural world, the wisdom of women, and the love of family. She helps us connect with the inner guidance that can help us find enlightenment in our differences, and shares the message revealed by the offering of a mother dolphin. Her stories illustrate how we can navigate a spiritual path "by connection, by community, by wonder, and by a sense of enduring love of the human and the nonhuman spirit." (hosted by Justine Willis Toms)


Brenda Peterson is a novelist, nature writer, and writing teacher. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Orion Magazine, and O: The Oprah Magazine. She’s a regular commentator for Seattle NPR and the Huffington Post.

Brenda Peterson is the author of eighteen books, including:

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Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • How nature can support you in your most difficult times
  • Where you can find the greatest antidote to pain and fear
  • How you can find forgiveness in the world of nature
  • How taking a nap can become a spiritual practice
  • Why dreams are gifts of the spirit
Host: Justine Willis Toms      Interview Date: 9/11/2004      Program Number: 3062